Arsalan Hassan

Dr. Arsalan Hassan is a postdoctoral fellow at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in the Huang and Neale labs, specializing in the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He earned his PhD in Pharmacogenomics from the University of Peshawar, where his research focused on genetic and clinical factors associated with treatment resistance in schizophrenia. During his PhD, Dr. Hassan participated in international collaborations, which included significant projects at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, and research at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. After completing his PhD, Dr. Hassan has continued to expand his research interests to study the genetic determinants of severe psychiatric conditions and treatment responses. His current focus is particularly on the Pakistani population, investigating the impact of consanguinity and recessive inherited risk on the complexity of these disorders. He co-leads large-scale genetic studies in Pakistan, managing the enrollment and data collection of tens of thousands of individuals for studies on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. These studies have contributed extensive genomic data to global consortia and are actively involved in building comprehensive genetic databases for psychiatric research.